World Cup-winning Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is nearing a move away from the Bundesliga – with his sights set on playing Premier League football next season.
According to Jamie Jackson and Stuart James of the Guardian, the German midfielder is set to move to Manchester City in the summer transfer window, to join forces with current Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
This comes as Manchester City director Txiki Begiristain was spotted meeting the Dortmund man’s agent at the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam on Tuesday.
The Guardian claim that this meeting lasted 45 minutes – and the chosen location was no coincidence; Guardiola also met with Begiristain in the same place on the same day, presumably to talk through potential transfer targets, and possibly to consider their options with regards to Gundogan now as well.
Ilkay, who can play as a defensive or attacking midfielder, is still wanted by Dortmund, and manager Thomas Tuchel is keen to keep hold of him, but concedes that his wishes may not transpire:
I’m not disappointed and I’m not convinced,”“I do not understand the excitement about all of this. We are all looking forward to next season, we are planning and we speak to advisers; it’s part of the everyday job we do. Am I convinced that he will stay? I don’t really know. I know what we can offer him and if that’s enough for him to stay then so be it.”
Gundogan has a release clause in his contract which would see a bid of £23 million be enough to let him make a move.